Solari leaves out Bale & Modric ahead of Real Madrid debut

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 23: Gareth Bale (R) of Real Madrid CF smiles ahead his teammate Luka Modric (L) both sitted on the bench prior to start the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de Mendizorroza on September 23, 2017 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Real Madrid interim coach Santiago Solari has omitted Gareth Bale and Luka Modric ahead of his first game in charge of the senior team

Following Julen Lopetegui’s sacking on Monday, Real Madrid Castilla boss Solari was promoted as interim coach while the club begins their search for a permanent replacement.

Due to La Liga regulations, Real have just two weeks to name Lopetegui’s successor with Antonio Conte the reported frontrunner to take over.

But, for now at least, Solari’s attention will remain on the pitch with Real set to face UD Melilla in the Copa del Rey tonight.

And the Argentine has made a big call by resting both Bale and Modric from the squad list on Twitter.

Although Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Casemiro have been included along with teenage superstar Vinicius Junior.

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Under Lopetegui, Vinicius experienced just 12 minutes of action for the first-team and has spent the majority of his debut campaign playing under Solari with Castilla.

The European champions will next play Real Valladolid in La Liga on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu.


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